Younan Nowzaradan, famously known as Dr. Now was born on October 11, 1944, moved to the United States as an immigrant, and has become one of the most famous medical professionals in the world. He has found massive success as a general surgeon, but his specialty is bariatric surgery. Because of his unique skill set, he treats super-obese patients trying to lose weight, and he has done so for decades. He has also moved from the consulting room to television — fighting extreme obesity all the way. We will help you celebrate this outstanding doctor right here.
October 11, 1944
Younan Nowzaradan is a world-renowned medical practitioner. His patient demeanor, firmness, and devotion to helping others have fetched him millions of fans worldwide. He has also had some setbacks along the way, but he overcame them and remained committed to his work. Dr. Nowzaradan was born on October 11, 1944, in Iran, and his zodiac sign is Libra. His ethnicity is Persian, and he speaks Persian and English.
Dr. Nowzaradan grew up in Iran, and he relocated to the United States at the age of 26 in 1970. He did his Medical Orientation Program at St. Louis University, Missouri, in 1971. Next, he proceeded to St. John’s Hospital in Detroit, Michigan for his Rotating Surgical Internship Residency. He completed his training with a four-year Surgical Residency at St. Thomas Hospital, Nashville, Tennessee, and a Cardiovascular Fellowship at the Texas Heart Institute in Houston, Texas. Dr. Nowzaradan was the first doctor to propose, research, and adopt the benefits of laparoscopic surgery for procedures for weight loss.
Colleen Shepherd, a former patient’s mother, sued Dr. Nowzaradan for negligence in 2007, alleging that he caused her daughter’s death. Nowzaradan explained that he repeatedly asked the patient to come in for treatment — but the patient refused. As a result, the patient was ultimately responsible for her death. The patient’s mother withdrew her case from the law court. He began his career on television in 2012 with T.L.C.’s “My 600-Lb Life,” a television program where Dr. Nowzaradan works with patients who have extreme obesity, and helps them lose weight.
He graduates from the University of Tehran with a degree in medicine and relocates to the United States.
He takes part in the Medical Orientation Program at Saint Louis University and completes a Rotating Surgical Internship at St. John Hospital, Michigan.
After a death caused by the patient's negligence, the patient's mother sues Nowzaradan.
He stars appearing on "My 600-lb Life," which is the first of the many television shows that feature him.
Why We Love Younan Nowzaradan
He genuinely wants to help people
Dr. Nowzaradan provides free medical advice to people on how they can lead better lives. We appreciate his selflessness.
He proudly supports the L.G.B.T. community
Dr. Nowzaradan joins the L.G.B.T. community to celebrate Pride Day. When role models like Dr. Now support the community, others will learn to respect the sexual choices of the L.G.B.T. community.
He is passionate about medicine
Dr. Nowzaradan once said he doesn't see his job as work because he enjoys helping people. We love people who are passionate about their jobs.
5 Surprising Facts
He fired a patient
Dr. Nowzaradan prides himself on his ability to work with anyone, but he had to let a patient go since she stubbornly refused to help herself.
He doesn't perform operations on all patients
Dr. Nowzaradan doesn't always resort to surgery because some patients need psychological help, not surgery.
He has appeared on Oprah
Dr. Nowzaradan was a guest on Oprah Winfrey's talk show, and he discussed his experience in treating Billy Robins, a morbidly obese teenager.
It was rumored he is dead
In 2021, many people called Dr. Nowzaradan's office to inquire if he was dead when he wasn't.
People said the show fired him
Many people said he lost the Dr. Now job.
Younan Nowzaradan FAQs
Is Dr. Nowzaradan still working?
Dr. Nowzaradan still works with Houston Obesity Surgery in Houston, Texas. He also works at other local hospitals.
Does Dr. Nowzaradan have children?
Yes, Dr. Nowzaradan has three children. One of them, Jonathan Nowzaradan, is the producer of the “My 600-lb Life” television show.
When did Dr. Nowzaradan get a divorce?
Dr. Nowzaradan parted ways with Delores Nowzaradan in 2002. They were married in 1975 and remained married for 27 years.
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